First of all, I’d like to welcome back Fabaceous to the staff team. He had to take a leave of absence to focus on a thing called “Real Life” for a while, but has now returned to us. Congratulations and welcome back!
In other news, as the world reset is starting to creep up on us, and we would like some feedback and help from you. First of all, please visit this thread and vote wether or not you think we should keep mcMMO along for the ride when we reset. Make sure you leave a comment if you have any particular opinions. The outcome of the vote as well as the feedback will help us to determine wether or not mcMMO has earned its spot.
Minecraft 1.7 has also introduced a nifty little feature called server icon. This means that we can now have a small icon which will be visible on the server list in our Minecraft clients. We’re holding a competition for the best design, and the winner will start off with 2,000 Ultima on the new world! Head on over to this topic for the details and to add your entry. Multiple entries allowed!
It’s also with delight I can announce that the free-build world reset will happen on Friday 13th. I wanted to get it done by this weekend, but unfortunately, I haven’t had as much time available as I had hoped. Either way, I’m excited to open up a new chapter of UMC and the new spawn truly looks awesome!
A quick announcement to let you all know that all servers have now been updated for Minecraft 1.7.2. Since Bukkit 1.7.2 is still in the development stage, there may be bugs and certain plugins may not be working 100%. If you discover any bugs please report them by replying to this thread or PM me on the forums/IRC/in-game if those bugs can be considered exploitable. The reason we’re updating before the reset is so we can iron out any issues we may encounter to deliver the best Minecraft experience possible when the reset happens.
As for the scheduled free-build server reset, it should happen within the next week. Shout out to our active architects for their great work and dedication so far on the creation of the new spawn. More information and the concrete date and time for when the server reset will happen will follow within a few days.
Please note that Skyblock will remain unaffected by the free-build server reset.
I am pleased to announce that it is time to welcome our beloved staff members Gweldor and Doobomb back! They have both made huge contributions to the server in the past, and I am really excited to see them back in the Staff team. Let’s all give them a warm welcome back!
In other news, you can now apply to get your builds transferred over to the new map when we reset. To do so, . Please make sure you read the Requirements-post before you post an application though, it can be easily identified under the title “Read this before you post”.
I an honored to welcome our latest addition to the admin-team, Game Master psychojenii! She has been an invaluable asset to UMC as a moderator for almost 2 years, and a promotion has been due for some time.
In other news, I apologize for the unexpected downtime this evening. Our server apparently thought it could get the weekend off, and we ran some hardware diagnostics checks to make sure everything was still healthy. All services has now been restored!
UltimateMinecraft.net is only a few days away from making it past the three-year mark. What a great three years we’ve had together! I’d like to thank every one of you for playing on our server, participating in our community and making Ultimate Minecraft what it is! Click “Read more” for an important announcement.
The month of October has been fairly busy in terms of the staff team, and today was no exception! Two new moderators were promoted to join the staff team, furyxpwnage and DukeOfNuke01! Both have been rewarded for their long time dedication and for helping out in game. Welcome to the team, and I’m sure they will perform exceptionally! Give them a bit of slack for the first few weeks while they are still learning the role, there’s a lot to be trained up in! Good luck for the future for you both!
Today brings a bit of news from all over the joint!
Sadly, a number of staff members have stepped down from their positions. Fabaceous, DDancer and Doobomb have all left the staff team. We wish them well in real life as well as for whatever the future brings, and thank them for their hard work and dedication to UMC. Hopefully you can pop in whenever you get some free time.
There is a Minecraft update, 1.7, slated for release this Friday. As with all previous updates, it takes some time for UMC to update as we have to wait on our plugins to be updated. This also means that you should not update your client, otherwise you will be unable to play on UMC unless you change back to version 1.6.4! Please show patience as we endeavor to update as quickly as possible, but understand that this process can usually take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on how quickly the necessary plugins are updated.
UMiCef has been pretty slow going, but in the past months DukeOfNuke01 has completed his UMiCef project. A reminder that you can check out all UMiCef projects that are complete/near completion through the stargate in the UMiCef centre at spawn.
As a player spotlight this week, I would like to highlight the fact that our beloved Gweldor has returned after settling down in his new job! He can be found playing a lot of Skyblock, and should be around for a lot longer. Make sure to say hi!
A final note, to dispel a few rumours/misconceptions going around lately. UMC is not looking to add a Feed The Beast (FTB) server at any point in the near future, instead concentrating on other avenues. UMC will also not be pursuing the project of “The Walls”, as in it’s current form it is incomplete and is extremely difficult to make work properly, as the old creators are no longer around to help with the finer points such as redstone. There was a test run with a group of 8-10 players in game, and we found it basically unplayable. “The Walls” really requires a dedicated plugin and world to work effectively as a self-run, player managed game. Survival games/PVP maps are on the agenda to be looked at in the future, most likely after the next update.
That’s all for now, but hopefully we can get a more frequent news posting schedule going forward into the future. That’s all for now folks!
I shall start off with the sad news. ProChorus recently announced he would be stepping down from his GM position, and from the staff team entirely. He has contributed greatly to the server, and on behalf of the whole staff team, we thank you. Make sure to check out the linked thread for Pro’s full explanation, and feel free to leave him any well wishes. We’ll hold you to your promise to stick around and continue playing as part of the UMC community, it’d be too weird to not have your bearded goodness around.
In good news, mrtmcflyy has returned from “real life” to once again join us, and has resumed his role as a distinguished architect among our ranks. He has already stepped back into the role with ease, and I’m sure he will continue to wow and amaze with fantastic builds all round.
Apart from that, it seems to be a busy time in real life for most people, with school/university/college resuming for many. Hopefully free time and holidays will arrive again soon!
… and praise Locke
Earlier today, with your help, we were freed from the tyranny of Locke! A mad battle was the mark of the day, blood shed by both sides in a war over our spawn, warped into chaos by her almighty power! Thank-you to the brave warriors who fought for their freedom… and uncovered the truth behind Locke’s master plan.
Watch The Trailer By Shalix, Then Read On!
So… What Happened?
Ultimate Minecraft has expanded to bring you a whole host of minigames to enjoy, on top of our tried and tested freebuild survival server. When you join the game, you’ll be presented with our fantastic new lobby… in SPACE!
Cool! But I Want To Go Back?
That’s fine – all of your buildings, items and commands are where they’ve always been. To get back to the main server – from now on called “freebuild”, just head towards the portal underneath the giant “FREEBUILD” sign. It’s that simple!
Awesome! What Is There To Do?
Currently we have provided two new worlds for you to explore – Games and SkyBlock! Head towards the Games world if you’re after some PVP action – including War, Deathmatch, Hunger Games and Survival Games! If you’re after something a little less competitive, then head on over to the SkyBlock world for a challenge filled take on the classic survival scenario!
Is There More To Come?
Of course! Over the next few days we’ll be working hard to iron out any issues that arise due to the huge number of changes we’ve made. Looking forward, keep your eyes out for new mini-games, new features and perhaps even new worlds in the near future!
Last, But Not Least
Thankyou to everyone who’s worked incredibly hard this Summer to make this project happen! Special thanks go to Ryan, ProChorus, Sagethor and Kyroce for their hard work getting everything ready for today’s launch.
Earlier on this day, we were blessed with the presence of the mysterious Mistress Locke. Blind as we were, we tried to fight, to resist her influence. She punished us, she cleansed us in glorious lightning and fire. She brought flames raining down upon our simple spawn. We tried to ban her, yet she simply pushed it aside and brought us all under her wing.
For a time, she saw it fit to transport us all to a temporary realm, such that we could bask in her glory. She has bestowed upon us wonderful updates, a new permissions plugin, performance improvements… today is truly a day to remember.
The staff of Ultimate Minecraft have joined forces under her glorious banner. She bathes us in her holy light, her wisdom opens doors that we didn’t even know existed. The Sweet Mistress is our new leader. She will decide the fate of this server, she will decree the rise and fall of admins and members alike.
I implore you heed my words, and show her your admiration. Locke will only give mercy to those not foolish enough to denounce her right to supremacy. She has instructed us that tomorrow, if we are deemed worthy, we will all be purged by her mighty influence over nature. Some of you may not be privy to her divine plans. To you, she gives a warning. Any adventurer who dares to impede her mission will be crushed without mercy.
See you tomorrow, for the biggest event of a new, enlightened, era.